- Are marketers done building their tech stacks? No, and they never will be. While the pace of adding to tech stacks may have slowed and may slow further, expect marketers to keep adding new tools on a regular basis. And while the pain of that process might become routine, it probably won’t go away.
- How will programmatic evolve in 2019? Programmatic and its data-driven, automated capabilities are the norm for digital display advertising, and advertisers have begun real pushes for transparency that will drive consolidation in the ecosystem. But new programmatic infrastructure is just being laid in other channels, and marketers and publishers alike will want to avoid some of the same growing pains.
- What are businesses’ biggest challenge for marketing tech success? The biggest problem for marketers using technology continues to be strategy. There’s no point in denying that realigning an organization toward a new goal, like customer-centricity, is difficult. But only a top-down strategy can ensure departments and teams are working together toward the same goal.
- How will marketers respond to consumer privacy regulations? Marketers were slow to respond to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but holdouts will realize that such rules are not going away but are, instead, going to become only more prevalent. Anyone who wasn’t serious about customer data privacy and security in 2018 will have to wake up in 2019, because the California Consumer Privacy Act is set to go into effect on the first day of 2020.
WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? This report identifies seven major trends in marketing technology for 2019, including a continued focus on wrangling customer data and other effects of the drive toward data-driven marketing.
KEY STAT: Half of marketers surveyed had a customer data platform (CDP) in mid-2018, according to The Relevancy Group. Expect adoption of this hot marketing tech platform to continue.